ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A U.S. Air Force unmanned MQ-9 Reaper drone crashed this morning just before noon about seven miles south of Highway 70 near Holloman Air Force Base which is about eight miles from Alamogordo.
No injuries to any ground personnel was reported.
The aircraft — each costs about $16.9 million — is assigned to the 9th Attack Squadron, which is part of the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Flying Training Unit, and was taking part in a regularly scheduled training mission, the Air Force said in a news release.
The MQ-9 Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft employed primarily against targets and secondarily as an intelligence collection asset. The aircraft, with its loiter time, wide-range sensors, sophisticated
communications, and precision weapons has capabilities to perform strike, coordination, and reconnaissance against high-value, fleeting, and time-sensitive targets, the Air Force said.
A board of qualified officers will conduct an investigation into the cause, the Air Force said.
Additional information will be released as it becomes available, the Air Force said.